I received a copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of Terramezic Energy by John O'Riley. When a mysterious and destructive magical force strikes near Sarasota, Florida, the chief of police assigns his best investigator and arguably strongest wizard, Josephine O’Connor, to the case. As Josephine studies and investigates this mysterious phenomenon, she learns that a young woman has become a lab rat to develop stronger wizards. As Josephine tries to help the woman control her abilities, it becomes apparent that the new wizard has a volatile power that may prove impossible to contain. Josephine and her friends face their greatest challenge yet when a hostile AI known as APU 81, created by an advanced civilization, resurfaces and targets them for termination. APU 81 has plotted for centuries to enslave humanity and the time has finally come for it to carry out its sinister plans.
Wonderful storyline and a wonderful cast of characters. I read this book as a standalone novel--without reading the first three books first. O'Riley's words keep readers interested in the story and his characters from the very beginning. While there wasn't a point where I felt left behind since I hadn't read the first three books, I will read this book again after I read the first three books.
Terramezic Energy is not just a sci-fi/wizard novel. I am not a wizard fan--and the book cover made me wonder if the book wouldn't be too much science fiction focused for me--but, O'Riley offers much more than a sci-fi/wizard tale in this book. With bits of magic, artificial intelligence, action/adventure, and even a little romance, O'Riley creates a great story with a little bit of everything to keep readers turning the pages.
Would I recommend Terramezic Energy by John O'Riley? I do enjoy John O'Riley's writing style--he offers enough information to keep the reader moving along without overburdening the details or relying too heavily on simple dialogue. I would recommend Terramezic Energy--and I would suggest beginning from the beginning of the series, with Book 1. While you can read the novel on its own, I think you would develop a stronger sense of the characters and the underlying plots if you read the entire series.
About the Author:John O'Riley has been writing as far back as he can remember. He is an author of novels and an award winning writer of screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival.
His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays New Earth, Pinky Swear, and Mutant Wizards in the 2014 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards which made it to Quarter-Finalist status. Other recognition includes the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2013 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout.
He was born in California then raised in Washington state. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French and worked in a variety of bookstores including Borders and was the manager for one of the bookstores in Florida that was actually owned by Goodwill. He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, S.J. Viehl, Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a parakeet named Amy who sings like a canary to help encourage and inspire him.